Facing St. Peter

I’ve cut people off on the highway. I’ve told a white lie or two. When I was in college, I didn't return the $10 the convenience store cashier handed me thinking it was a dollar bill. When my day comes and I get sent to the Pearly gates and Saint Peter asks me why he... Continue Reading →

Learning what matters most: My first brush with death

Two years ago, my youngest son was hanging out with a couple of his friends and called us on his cellphone to let us know that he was driving on a busy road near our home, and got hit by another car. When he came home, he was apologetic about the scratch on the car. ... Continue Reading →

A doggie breach of contract

Nittany, our Lhasa Apso - Bichon Frise dog, broke our agreement. We had shaken hands and paws and everything. How did she reward me? She ripped up the contract and laughed in my face. Here's how it happened. Nittany was laying on the bed in my office. It's really just a spare room, but I... Continue Reading →

My four-legged therapist

Every day, our family dog comes into my office. I call it my office, but it's an extra bedroom where we've set up a desk and my large-screen monitors and I'm able to work remotely in relative peace and quiet. I like to think that Nittany, our 13-year-old Lhasa Apso – Bichon Frise, comes in... Continue Reading →

Four memories of my Amish grandparents

My mother grew up Amish but left the church when she was a young woman. My mom may have chosen a different direction for her life, but she still loved her parents and when she got married and had kids, she would occasionally take my brothers and me to visit them. Pexels Image My grandparents... Continue Reading →

‘He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother’

My wife and I were exhausted. We had a busy week and were enjoying a quiet weekend, so we decided to take a short nap. When we woke a short while later, I couldn’t get The Hollies and their 1969 song “He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother” out of my head.  A song with meaning... Continue Reading →

Turning 13!

My best friend has been having some problems lately. She doesn’t run or jump as well as she used to in her younger years. She’s spends a lot of her time sleeping or acting like she’s sleeping and her once jet-black beard and eyebrows are now filled with gray hair. Despite it all, my best... Continue Reading →

You are getting very sleepy!

My wife and I were sitting down on our couch relaxing and a large groan came from across the room. Nittany, our Lhasa Apso-Bichon Frise dog, let out a huge sigh. We both laughed because no dog ever has had an easier life.  Nittany sleeps all the time. She’s a professional napper. She rarely closes... Continue Reading →

Tough RINO skin!

I’ve been watching the news lately, especially the political name-calling that seems to happen on a daily basis and I’ve been wondering: What does it mean anymore to be a Republican? The question should be easy to answer, but I find it utterly impossible to put into a few words. I grew up in a... Continue Reading →

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